JOHANNESBURG – There is only one Springbok from the tiny Cape Winelands town of Kylemore, and that honour belongs to Herschel Jantjies.
Jantjies has surprised many with his spectacular rise from relative unknown a few months ago to a member of the Boks’ Rugby World Cup squad. His ascent has provided the youngsters of Kylemore and other areas with a glimmer of hope that they can rise above their circumstances.
There was plenty of excitement and commotion at the Jantjies home in Kylemore on Sunday. The community gathered to give their local hero a send-off on the eve of the Rugby World Cup squad announcement.
“There is only one Springbok from Kylemore, and that is me, it is not a big place, it is a very small community,” said Jantjies, whose name was the first to be read out on Monday. “There were a lot of people at my house yesterday (Sunday) before I came to Joburg.